The United States Congress designated the Chuck River Wilderness (map
) in 1990 and it now has a total of 74,785 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Alaska
and is managed by the Forest Service.
The Chuck River Wilderness is bordered by
the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness
to the northeast.
Located at the head of Windham Bay approximately 70 miles southeast of Juneau, this small Wilderness is adjacent to the Tracy Arm Fords Terror Wilderness. The Chuck River flows from its headwaters near Port Houghton northward through dense riparian forest with thick vegetation before emptying into Windham Bay where the historic Chuck Mining Camp once operated. There is private land in the lower river and in portions of the bay where there was once a small settlement.
Windham Bay is a protected anchorage for boaters using Stephens Passage. Elevations range from sea level to about 5,000 feet on the eastern boundary. The Chuck River is a major producer of salmon, especially pink salmon. Black bears, wolves and mountain goats are known to live in the forested mountains. There are no trails along the Chuck River that remain open for travel.